Education sector: Still running on empty

Among the less publicized contributor to the growth of internet bandwidth in Africa are the educational institutions. According to an IT consultant, rising demand from community institutions especially when looking to own and operate internet service provider (ISP) has added momentum to the bandwidth demand growth across Africa. For institutions …

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Nigeria: VSAT provides backup to CBN datacomms network

“The banking industry in Nigeria relies on the information services of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN to make decisions”, says John Ayor, Director, Information Technology department of the Africa’s foremost Central Bank, CBN, during an encounter with Spacewatchafrica magazine. Here are excerpts.   Q: Briefly describe the activities of …

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Should Government merge NigComSat and the Space Agency again?

In Nigeria, the current economic downturn now in full swing in telecoms markets is forcing widespread consolidation in the industry. Operators, both established and new, which are dependent on the state for financing have found it vastly more difficult in the current situation. As a result, satellite operators are starting …

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MIRU: Using Satellite Services to Provide Telemedicine

Introduction The ultimate goal of medical service is to improve the quality of patient care and to save patients from death. Especially in cases of emergency situations, timely, correct and specialized management is crucial to increasing the chances of patient’s survival and in preventing patients from suffering serious injury. Immediate …

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NCC/NBC Merger: What can go wrong?

Merger differs from other investments because it involves a change in management control of assets, but with the merger of NBC and NCC, experts are concerned that broadcasting regulation might be lost in the concern for richer telecommunications sector, Ebima Joshua reports     At the dawn of twenty first …

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Africa’s deadly lake

Past Lake Nyos’ explosion has sent shock waves rippling through Cameroon highlands and parts of Nigeria causing floods and destruction. Spacewatchafrica reports.   STILL YOUNG by geologic standards, Lake Nyos emerged from a volcanic birth only within the past few centuries. One of more than 30 crater lakes in Cameroon, …

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Where are ‘local’ operators going?

Special Correspondence   Africa’s increasingly tech-savvy population is perhaps the reason her future is so bright and the most significant contributor is the youth. About half of its population are under the age of 35. Its growing economy in terms of GDP per capital, together with its insatiable appetite for …

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The biggest weather machine ever seen!

How accurate are today’s weather predictions? At a time when our environment is changing so rapidly, forecasts are now primarily driven by the requirements of agricultural and aviation community, and as such the need for better and longer days weather predictions have become very urgent. In reality, the weather science …

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Mainstreaming mobile authentication scheme in Nigeria

By Abubakar Jimoh . The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC, has taken advantage of the rapidly increasing number of mobile telephone subscribers in the country to improve the health of its citizens and overcome existing communication barriers. In 2012, NAFDAC started a project to increase awareness …

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Why Nigeria need a Communications Satellite?

By Jimson Olufuye That Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is transforming the way we live, work, play, study and learn is no longer news. What is news is how nations are deploying huge financial resources and using available technologies particularly satellite technologies to deepen ICT penetration for their citizens in …

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